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JAPANESE FILM
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - Waseda University - 'Waseda University'
UC Course SubjectFilm and Media Studies
Number & Suffix: 103
Full UC Title: JAPANESE FILM 
Transcript Title: JAPANESE FILM 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: Auteur theory has influenced film criticism since 1954, when French critics-cum-filmmakers began to focus on the creative role of the director, whom they considered to be the primary author (“auteur”) of the film. Despite the collaborative nature of the medium, the theory holds that the director’s personal vision is distinct enough to distinguish each of his or her films, making them identifiable by recurring thematic concerns and distinctive visual styles. In Japanese cinema, the names of established auteurs are well known: Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Imamura, Oshima. But these are not the only worthy representatives of Japan’s ongoing film history. This course begins with an examination of these renowned creators, and progresses from the postwar to the current Japanese cinema, exploring the work of eight contemporary auteurs. Students acquire the ability to identify the hallmarks of Japanese auteurism, and expand their critical understanding of cinema as a rich medium that allows us to visually comprehend other worlds, while reflecting on the universality of human nature. Assessment: Midterm exam (30%), final paper (50%), and participation (20%). 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: SELECTED TOPICS IN FILM AND MASS MEDIA 
Partner University Department: SILS - Expression 
Partner University Course Number: EX431